Flowering Shrub Options

S & J Nursery’s Guide to

Flowering Shrub Options

for Northeast Florida


Choosing the right plant in Florida can be a bit tricky, so for many of us we tend to stick to the tried and
true and end up bored with the same looking plants that you see everywhere.

On one hand, there is a reason you see those plants everywhere. They may be easier to maintain without
extensive plant knowledge, or have no major pests or diseases that can effect the life of the plant. Very valid
points for mass use of the same plants over and over.

On the other hand, it can get a bit monotonous to see the same plants everywhere. Adventurous gardeners may want
to brighten the view a little by planting things that may be less traditional for foundation plantings in one or
more of the following ways…

  • Can require special pruning techniques such as rejuvenation pruning during one or more seasons throughout
    the year. Or be particular about how or when they are pruned in order to look their best.
  • Can require special fertilizers such as tropical plant food, acid loving food, or just need more fertilizer
    and healthier soils to preform the blooming function than other more typical shrubs would.
  • Can be cold sensitive in our climate zone, and may be trouble free in South Mandarin or St. Augustine while
    completely dying off during the same winter temperatures in North Jacksonville or on the West side of
    Jacksonville. And so would not be considered reliable as a shrub for all gardeners in our area.
  • May go dormant in the winter and not remain evergreen during the winter months as part of its natural life
    cycle. While gardeners from more northern climate zones are quite used to this idea, it can be a bit off
    putting to Florida gardeners used to everything remaining green right through winter.
  • Great hardy plants that are just underused or might not be commonly found in most nurseries or thought of
    when choosing foundation shrubs for the landscape but will make an excellent substitute for a woody shrub.

Here is a list of some shrub options for Northeast Florida landscapes for the more adventurous
gardener.

This list may include plants that may do one or more of the following things to consider. Listed Alphabetically
and color coded for your convenience.


Dormant in WInter – Winter Dormant


May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location – Can be cold
sensitive


Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance – May need some annual care for best
performance


Why Not Use this plant? – Great plants that are just underused or harder to find. This
category will also include plants that have specific sun or soil requirements in order to thrive in their new
home.


Abelia, Glossy Dormant in WInter (can be evergreen to semi – evergreen)


Abelia Rose Creek Why Not Use this plant?


Agapanthus flowering shrub substitiute for Norhteast Florida     Agapanthus Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance ( May need some annual care for best performance click
photo image for more details)


Agave Americana shrub option for Northeast Florida Landcsapes     Agave Americana Why Not Use this plant?


Shrub option for Northeast Florida Agave americana marginata    Agave American ‘marginata’ Why Not Use this plant?


Agave angustifolia shrub option for Northeast Florida Landscapes     Agave angustifolia ‘Marginata’ Why Not Use this plant?


Agave sesmetiana shrub option for North Florida Landscaping     Agave Desmetiana ‘Variegata’   Why Not Use this plant?


Agave Blue Glow Shrub option for Northeast Florida Landcapes     Agave  ‘Blue Glow’ Why Not Use this plant?


Agave celsii nova shrub option for Northeast Florida      Agave  celsii ‘Nova’ Why Not Use this plant?


Allamanda May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Alocasia Plants for Northeast Florida     Alocasia Dormant in WInter ( can be winter dormant depending on variety )


Aloe arborescens / Tree Aloe Why Not Use this plant?


Soap Aloe maculata       Aloe maculata / Soap Aloe May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location Why Not Use this plant?


Aloe Vera       Aloe vera Why Not Use this plant?


Almond Bush Dormant in WInter


Bird of Paradise, Orange May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Blueberry Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


Bottlebrush Litte John


Bouganvillia May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Bush Daisy Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


Bromeliad May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


bulbine orange shrub options for Northeast Florida     Bulbine Orange Bicolor  Why Not Use this plant? Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance Great plant that is just underused, and may need some
perennial maintenance such as dividing every few years to keep it looking it’s best.


Bulbine shrub oprions for Northeast Florida    Bulbine Yellow Why Not Use this plant?  Great plant that is just underused, and may need some
Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenanceperennial maintenance such as dividing every few years to keep it looking it’s best.


shrub options for Norhteast Florida Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus   Cactus spineless Prickly Pear Why Not Use this plant?


Camellia      Why Not Use this plant?


Canna      Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


Cast Iron     Why Not Use this plant?


Cigar Plant     May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Cleyera     Why Not Use this plant?


Colocasia plants as shrubs in Northeast Florida Landscapes   Colocasia    Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance ( can need annual trimming back to ground level )
Dormant in WInter ( can be winter dormant depending on variety click
on photo link for more information )


Crinum   Why Not Use this plant? great plant that is just underused and may be harder to locate
in our Northeast Florida landscapes.


Daylily plants for Northeast Florida Landscapes     Daylily    Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance ( may need some semi annual care for best
results – should be dug and divided every few years)


Duranta Gold Mound    May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Duranta Purple Showers    May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Euonymous    Why Not Use this plant?


Farfugium As a Substitute For Shrubs in Northeast Florida Landscapes     Farfugium Why Not Use this plant? ( underused plant may be harder to find but makes a great
Northeast Florida plant selection)


Fatsia Why Not Use this plant?


Ferns Dormant in WInter  Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


Firebush May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Firecracker Red  May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Firecracker Yellow  May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Firespike Red  May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Firespike Dwarf May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Firespike Lavender May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Flax Lily Dwarf Blue Why Not Use this plant?


Flax Lily shrub substitute for Northeast Florida Landscapes     Flax Lily Variegated Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance ( will need yearly trimming and possibly dividing every
three to five years or so for plants to remain at their best)


Flowering Maple Dormant in WInter


Gardenia Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


  Ginger Alpinia Pin Stripe


Ginger Alpinia Zerumbet


Ginger Curcuma ( Edible Turmeric / Curcuma longa )


Ginger Curcuma Siam Ruby


Ginger Curcuma Siam Shadow


Curcuma siam sparkling flowering shrub option    Ginger Curcuma Siam Sparkling


Ginger Curcuma Siam Sunset


Variegated Curcuma ginger as shrub substitutes     Ginger Curcuma Variegated


Ginger ‘Disney’


Ginger  (Edible Ginger Zingeiber Officinale)


Ginger , Red Button/Costus ‘French Kiss


Ginger peacock shrub substitute for Northeast Florida      Ginger ‘Peacock’


Ginger flowering shrub alternative Pink V Ginger ‘Pink V’


Ginger Torch


FLowering Shrub option Northeast Florida Ginger Shampoo     Ginger Shampoo / Pinecone


variegated Shell Ginger Shrub Substitute Northeast Florida      Ginger Variegated Shell


White Butterfly Ginger as a Shrub Substitiute for Northeast Floirda     Ginger ‘White Butterfly’


Grasses Ornamental      Why Not Use this plant?


Hibiscus flowering shrub option for Northeast Florida     Hibiscus

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location( can be cold sensative depending on location in our
Northeast Florida landscape)


Hydrangea      Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


African Iris Flowering shrub option for Northeast Florida landscapes     Iris, African White

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( may need some annual care for best preformance


Yellow african Iris flowering shrub substitute     Iris, African Yellow

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( may need some annual care for best preformance, dig and
divide every few years)


Apostle Iris Regina flowering shrub substitute for Northeast Florida     Iris Apostle / Regina

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( May ned some semi annual care – dig and divide for best
results every few years)

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location Can be cold sensative depending on location in our
Norhteast Florida landscapes.


Flowering shrub substitute for NEFlroida Rocky Hunt IRis     Iris Rocky Hunt

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( May ned some semi annual care – dig and divide for best
results every few years)

Dormant in WInter (winter dormant)


Walking iris Flowering Shrub option for Northeast Florida     Iris Walking

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( May ned some semi annual care – dig and divide for best
results every few years)

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location Can be cold sensative depending on location in our
Norhteast Florida landscapes.


Ixora      May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Jatropha May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Mandavilla May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Mexican Heather May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Myan White mexican petunia flowering shrub substitute for Northeast Florida     Mexican Petunia ‘Myan White’

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can be cold sensative and may have some foliage
damage in winter in some areas of Northeast Florida)

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( trim down to 6-10 inch stalks each spring for best
results)


Flowering shrub substitute Myan Purple Ruellia     Mexican Petunia ‘Myan Purple’

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can be cold sensitive and may have some foliage
damage in winter in some areas of Northeast Florida)

Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance( trim down to 6-10 inch stalks each spring for best
results)


Milkweed   May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Mock Orange Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance  Dormant in WInter


Natal Plum Dwarf / Carissa Why Not Use this plant?  May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Flowering shrub substitute New Zealand Tea Tree     New Zealand Tea Tree

Why Not Use this plant? ( great plant can be harder to find available to purchase year
round )


Night Blooming Jasmine Floering shrub substitute      Night Blooming Jasmine

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a
protected area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical climate zone)


Oleander


Oyster Plant

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a
protected area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical cliate zone)


Papyrus Dwarf May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Persian Shield May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Shrub substitute for Norhteast Florida - Penta     Pentas

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a
protected area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical cliate zone)


Philadendron Split Leaf May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Philadendron Dwarf Zanadu May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Blue Plumbago Flowering shrub for Northeast Florida      Plumbago  Blue   May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Plumbago White flowering     Plumbago  White   May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Porterweed      May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Powderpuff      May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Rose of Sharon      Dormant in WInter


Russian Sage      Perennial can be shorter lived or need perennial maintenance


Sambac Jasmine   Why Not Use this plant?


Salvia Amistad      May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Salvia Black and Blue flowering shrub substiture for Norhteast Florida  Salvia Black and Blue

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a
protected area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical cliate zone)


Salvia May Night      May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


floweering shrub substitute mexican bush sage     Salvia Mexican Bush Sage

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a
protected area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical cliate zone)


Salvia Mystic Spires      Salvia Mystic Spires

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a protected
area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical cliate zone)


Flowering shrub substitute shrimp plant     Salvia Wendy’s Wish

May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location ( can suffer leaf damage during freezes if not in a
protected area or frost free area of your Northeast Florida landscape, foliage will regrow each spring in our
subtropical cliate zone)


Flowering shrub substitute shrimp plant     Shrimp Plant Fruit Cocktail


flowering shrub substitute orange/ red shrimp plant     Shrimp Plant Orange / Red


flowering shrub substitute shrimp plant red          Shrimp Plant Red


Golden shrimp plant shrub substitute for Northeast Florida    Shrimp Plant Yellow


flowering shrub substitute for Northeast Florida landscapes     Society Garlic

Why Not Use this plant? ( great plant that is perfect for foundation plantings around
homes and may be overlooked when thinking of shrubs for around the house )


flowering shrub substitute for Northeast Florida landscapes     Stokesia


Spirea Bridal Veil      Dormant in WInter


Tropical Snow Bush     May Be Cold Sensative Depending On Location


Yellow Bells Tacoma Stans


Yesterday Today and Tomorrow      Why Not Use this plant?